Cookthink Interview

Thanks to Kristin Hohenadel and Chip Brantley of for including me in the cookthinktank as the featured author this week. This coincides with the paperback edition of TRAIL OF CRUMBS, available today in bookstores. Check out the new beautiful cover. Thanks again to everyone at Grand Central Publishing, my wonderful editor, Amy Einhorn, and my agent Joy Tutela.

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  1. January 8, 2009 1:11 pm by Grizzly Bear Mom Reply


    I am no expert on Korean orphans but spent a lot of time with them when stationed in S Korea and through giving to the Holt International Adoptions. In my experience, Koreans love their children very much, even if they are too poor to raise them. Under those circumstances the children are placed in an orphanage, but their parents visit them weekly.

    Because I knew this, I asked why the children I was escoritng to the states for adoption because available. I was told that they were probably illegitimate. Even their foster moms loved them very much and cried as they gave them to us for escort.

    The shame in illigitimacy was that one had no family. Family is everything in Korea.

    AmerAsians had the additonal stigma of being half breeds. The stigma against AmerAsians was so strong that mothers sometimes made their AmerAsian children walk far behind them, children tried to rub their “wrong colored” skin off with sand, and only AmerAsian men were not required to serve in the military.

    I hope this gives you some peace.

    Since you have not had success in finding your blood family, please realize that friends are the family that you make.

  2. January 9, 2009 7:45 pm by Jaden Reply

    Congrats honey!!!

    lol – and I love that “salty” and “champagne” are almost as big as the word “favorite!”

  3. January 12, 2009 1:05 am by Esther Bradley-DeTally Reply

    I read your wonderful book, well written, 1st edition. Inside, i think some cook held dropped it in soup, so i found it at the Central Library in Pasadena.

    Well written; what a lovely young woman you are; i saw your picture. You give voice to the human condition quite well. I wish you much happiness.

  4. February 3, 2009 8:42 pm by stacy z. Reply

    Loved your book! Love your blog and I’m looking forward to following you on your journey, best of luck !

  5. February 6, 2009 12:14 pm by Marie Reply


    I am an adoptive mother of two wonderful Korean children, my son is 10 and my daughter is 6. Both were able to come to me as infants. My son was escorted here and was welcomed by 40 of my family and friends. I was able to travel to Korea to get my daughter. I am also host mother to my third Korean host daughter.

    I have just finished reading your book and wish it weren’t over so soon. It was a wonderful way to escape for a few minutes everyday from my somewhat busy life. I am now mom to a 13 month baby boy whom I was surprisingly able to conceive. You see, my first husband (and my first two children’s father) was killed in a car accident 3 1/2 years ago. When I met my new husband I explained I was unable to have children even after years of infertility treatments. Boy, were we both surprised. Happpily surprised.

    I see many similarities between my older son and you. He struggles often with many fears of getting hurt or dying in some way. I have attributed most of these fears to the sudden loss of his father but I also feel it may have something to do with being adopted.

    I wish you olny the best and pray that you will be able to find love again as I have. I love my husband but will also forever treasure the love I shared with my first husband.

  6. February 26, 2009 10:10 pm by Rachel Williamson Fortney Reply

    Hi Kim, I don’t know if you remember me, but you probably remember Aunt Faye from the daycare in New Orleans. I just wanted to say “Hi”, and I’m so excited about your success! I haven’t read your book yet, but I am looking forward to. I saw you on Iron Chef and you look great. Anyway… it’s great to know that you are doing well and to see an old friend. Rachel

  7. March 2, 2009 12:14 pm by Charlie Bartell Reply

    I enjoyed your memoir and was deeply moved by it. I grew up in Algiers and your Grandfather reminded me of all the men that influenced me when I was young. It seems we have some mutual friends down in miami: Kurtis & Chad. We all worked together in New Orleans kitchens. Take care and thank you for a good read,

  8. March 16, 2009 6:47 pm by Leah Haydock Reply

    Kim – I am about half way through your book at the moment. I am a voracious (speed?) reader, ploughing through most books in a couple of hours. I do not want your book to end. Your writing is the best I have read in such a long time, I am forcing myself to read only a couple of chapters a night. At this point I don’t know what the ending is but I sincerely wish you well and will wait and watch for your next book. Leah

  9. May 2, 2009 9:07 am by Foodie in DC Reply

    Kim – I hope you continue to write whether it is poetry, memoir, blog, or anything else and do it for yourself and find solace and happiness in that. Your book is delicious – I laughed and cried and was simultaneously hungry and satisfied for the 3 days it took me to devour it. :)
    As an almost-40, half-Korean in America, there are many unanswered questions about my own beginnings. Trying to find what’s missing and trying to fill that space or fulfill that need (especially through cooking) is something I personally related to in your journey. Thanks for sharing.
    Foodie in DC

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